6 Best Apple AirPods Alternatives 2017

Product Reviews
July 9, 2017

The AirPods are great, but they’re not for everyone. As much as I enjoy these earphones from Apple, I know they’re not the be-all. If the AirPods don’t suit your needs, there are still plenty of other options out there.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best AirPods alternatives available. They range from being inexpensive to high end and for anyone who wants to have the best listening experience. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the comparison table and I will provide you more information that is going to help you in the Buyer’s Guide later.

Best Apple AirPods Alternatives for iPhone

Earphones nameWeightWireless RangeBattery Life 
Axgio AH-T122.6 grams33 feet5 Hrs
SmartOmi Boots 8.8 grams33 feet5 Hrs
Rowkin Bit Charge10.4 grams25 feet3 Hrs
Bragi The Headphone14.2 grams33 feet6 Hrs
Samsung Gear IconX12.6 grams25 feet3 Hrs
Jabra Elite Sport13 grams33 feet3 Hrs

Axgio AH-T1 (Under $50)

Axgio AH-T1

Having a price tag of under $50, Axgio AH-T1 is the least expensive pair in the list. They do lack some features and can’t compete with other premium earphones that cost hundreds more in the market. But still, they’ve done a nice job and are worth considering for those of you who don’t want to spend too much for earphones.

The AXGIO AH-T1 set consists of two headphones, either one can be used independently or paired with another. Each earpiece has an over-the-ear hook that helps keep the earphone in place. On both earpieces, you’ll find three tiny buttons. The central one controls playback and call management, as well as power/pairing. And the outer two buttons control volume and track navigation.

These earphones don’t sound excellent, but they’re admirably powerful and balanced. They do a nice job producing frequencies in the bass range. Considering the price of the competition, they more than hold their own.

The AH-T1 don’t offer a charging case. Instead, they provide a split microUSB cable so you can charge them both at them same time. You can get four to five hours of listening time out of them when fully charged. Charging time can be up to two hours. With the design, IX4 waterproof rating, battery life, these cheap headphones are definitely built for an active lifestyle.

SmartOmi Boots (Under $100)

Like the Axgio AH-T1, The SmartOmi Boots are fully wireless in-ear headphones that can be used either individually or in a pair. The earbud set includes a charging cradle, 3 different sized ear tips and ear hooks, USB cable, and a very nice hard-shell carrying case that is used to store all the accessories inside.

In terms of sound quality, they seriously have a high quality sound with a slight favoring of the low end but not too much that it overpowered the mids and highs. It’s rich, detailed, distortion free at full volume. I’ve also read lots of reviews from other reviewers and it seems like people all find its sound quality is amazing.

The earphones’ battery life can last up to 5 hours on a single charge and 200 hours in standby. When you finally deplete the battery power, it takes couple of hours to get fully charged. With all the features I’ve mentioned, The SmartOmi Boots deserves to be one of the best alternatives to Apple’s AirPods.

Rowkin Bit Charge

Rowkin Bit Charge

The Rowkin Bit Charge are one of the smallest wireless earbuds in the market and the smallest I’ve ever reviewed. They come in a neat portable charging case that can easily fit in your pants pocket. Each earbud has a status LED and a multi-function that you can use to toggle power, initiate pairing and control media play… Volume adjustments or skipping ahead or back must be done on the device.

Wearing these earbuds is comfortable. I use the default sized ear tips and they’ve never fallen out even while I’m running. The sound quality isn’t good as high quality wired earbuds or earphones but they don’t sound bad. In fact, they are pretty well balanced and have good bass.

In my battery life testing, the earbuds lasted 2.5 hours listening to music after being charged fully. I know it’s not as long as many other earbuds, but for the size, and plus, the charging case does have a built-in battery that can recharge the earbuds up to 15 times, it’s not bad.

Bragi The Headphone

Bragi The Headphone

Bragi The Headphone are the second truly wireless earbuds from the company, after Bragi Dash. I already have an Apple Watch, which has all the functions The Dash offers, so I decided to buy this one for pure audio experience at a more affordable price.

The headphones come with three different-sized tips and they lock very securely into the ear. If you’re wondering if they stay in ears while running, then in my experience, I have no problems while running or doing other physical activities while these are in. Just choose the tips that fit your ears.

There are three small buttons on the outside of the right earphone. The circle button is used to play/pause/accept a call and switch songs. The other two buttons are used for volume adjustment, as well as turning on and off the Audio Transparency mode that you can switch on to let ambient noise flow in while you’re using them. This is a really cool feature.

The sound is slightly warm and pretty good.  The levels are nicely balanced and there is that slight emphasis on the lows, providing a nice solid bass tone. Bragi also uses advanced voice technology to maintaining audio performance better in windy or noisy environments.

You’ll get up to six hours of battery life, and they fully recharge in less than two hours too. Their charging case doesn’t have any extra power bank inside, but with the long continuous battery life, it doesn’t feel necessary.

Samsung Gear IconX

Samsung Gear IconX

The Samsung Gear IconX earbuds have a bit of a classy design. There are no on or off switches located on them. In fact, there aren’t any buttons whatsoever. Instead, they have a triangular touch interface surrounded by a thin gold trim piece.

Below this is the heart rate sensor encased in the wingtip. The earbuds take advantage of this sensor to sense when being put into ears and automatically power on to pair or reconnect with your device.

The Samsung Gear IconX do more than just play back music. The most notable feature is fitness tracking, which allows you to monitor distance, speed, heart rate, and calories burned – and syncs with Samsung’s S Health app. They also have 4GB of onboard storage so you can have it loaded with tunes without using your smartphone.

Unfortunately, battery life is the drawback of this earbuds. Samsung states that you’ll be able to squeeze four hours of normal use. But we tested out and saw that it only lasted for under three hours. When the earbuds are completely drained, recharging fully takes about two hours.

Jabra Elite Sport

Jabra Elite Sport

The Jabra Elite Sport is the most expensive pairs in this list. What impressed me about them is the waterproof design, and an in-ear heart rate sensor and accelerometer to track various health stats, they are a really great choice for sports.

Each earbud has matte black design and is wrapped by an array of black or dark gray tips. The right earbud is primary and houses the HRM and a multifunction button that controls playback, call management, and power. The left one is used to adjust the volume and skip tracks, and it also boasts a heart rate sensor embedded inside.

They sound quite decent, there’s surprising warmth and richness to it, with tightly controlled bass. The Jabra Elite Sport also has a feature called HearThrough that allows you to play audio, exercise and still have a sense of surroundings. You can activate this feature easily by tapping the button on the right earbud.

Battery life isn’t great – they’re rated at just three hours of music listening. Fortunately, the charging case has an integrated battery and it will provide two more full charges. So you will have nine hours of use in total, which is fairly enough to get you through the day without waiting on a recharge.

Wrap up

That’s all about it for our list of best Apple AirPods alternatives. If you have any good recommendations that should have been on this list, let us know if the comments below.

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